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Excellent introduction to the Pi for parents/grandparents
on 21 November 2013
Aimed at parents/grandparents - I am in the latter group - considering buying a Pi for their kids. It tells you what it is, what you need to get it going and what it does/doesn't do, with detailed procedures, written in an easy style which leads you gently into the inevitable code you will have to write to get it to a usable state. I have worked with computers since the 1980's, am familiar with UNIX, C, Java, PHP etc. and still needed the instructions in this book to get my Pi up and running.
If you are thinking about buying a Pi, read this book first, then work out what extras you will need for your particular situation, for example, the Pi is designed to connect to a TV, not a monitor. If you decide to get one, you can then use the examples in this book to set it up, then give the book to the kids and let them take over.
Two languages are covered in detail - Scratch and Python. Scratch is aimed at younger children and teaches the fundamentals of programming by dragging and dropping jigsaw pieces into position, whereas Python is a proper programming tool for creating apps and has quite a steep learning curve. Both these languages, especially Python, are covered in detail with examples. I came across a couple of annoying typos, but apart from this they can be typed in and work ok.